Unite Against Fascism held a day of action in England and Wales last Saturday.
Activists delivered thousands of leaflets urging people to use their votes against the fascist British National Party (BNP) at the general election.
“There were about 20 of us out leafleting in Barking and Dagenham in east London,” reports Donna. “We had a brilliant response. Three people joined Unite and others took away bundles of leaflets for local shops.”
Love Music Hate Racism (LMHR) has just announced a series of music festivals against the BNP, including an event at Goresbrook Leisure Centre in Dagenham on bank holiday Monday 2 May.
News of this went down a storm among younger people, Donna adds. “We had loads of teenagers volunteering to perform and wanting to write lyrics for the event.
“We made loads of contacts — it was a fantastic day.”
Activists were also out in Swansea. “The turnout of 50 volunteers was very impressive — and it was drawn from across the local community,” says Sam Edwards from Swansea Unite. “Two of the 50 were prospective parliamentary candidates in Swansea East for rival parties — Labour and Plaid Cymru. They downed campaigning tools to unite against the BNP.”
Unite’s “Pull the Plugs” campaign urging broadcasters not to give the BNP publicity is currently touring the country.
The anti-BNP campaign will culminate on Sunday 1 May with a rally and music in Trafalgar Square in London. Speakers include London mayor Ken Livingstone and Tony Benn. LMHR is hosting an anti-fascist gig at The Underground, Morely Street in Stoke-on-Trent on Sunday 24 April. Acts include indie stars 80s Matchbox B-Line Disaster.
For more information on Unite Against Fascism go to www.uaf.org.uk
For details of Love Music Hate Racism events go to www.lmhr.org.uk